Test hero Trott on 'what dreams are made of' and Spurs
Jonathan Trott is making the most of some rare time off after helping England secure an historic Test Series win in India in 27 years – and back watching his beloved Spurs!
The batsman played a huge part on the final day of the Series as India attempted to gain the win they needed to tie the Series.
Trott scored a magnificent 143, sharing a 208-run partnership with Ian Bell, batting most of the day to take the win out of India’s reach. The drawn Test clinched a 2-1 Series win.
Back in England for Christmas after being rested for the One-Day Series in India, Trott was at Villa Park to watch our fine 4-0 win on Boxing Day.
He’ll hook-up again with England for the Test and ODI Series in New Zealand in February.
“At the beginning of 2012 you would have said that the pinnacle would be to beat India in India and we managed to do that,” he said.
“Playing in India, there is so much pressure on the home nation and I wondered how they would handle it if we managed to put pressure on them.
“The turning point was when we did that in Mumbai. The partnership between Alistair Cook and Kevin Pietersen (206 runs) and being just under 100 runs ahead going into the second innings. The pressure was on them and we saw what happened.”
India collapsed for 142 in the second innings and England tied the Series with a 10-wicket win.
England won the Third Test in Kolkata – Trott again scoring key runs, 87 in the first innings – before wrapping up the Series in Nagpur.
“I was really happy with the partnership myself and Cooky put on in Kolkata (173 runs) to set-up that victory and then to be able to get a hundred in the last Test match, myself and Ian Bell battling it out in what was a tricky situation on the fourth evening.
“Day Five is what dreams are made of and to do that and get a big hundred was really satisfying.”
Trott’s love of Spurs comes via a typical family path – through his granddad and dad – and he relished the opportunity to mix a rare Christmas at home with being able to watch the team at Villa Park.
“It’s fantastic to be here and back home at Christmas with the family, I don’t often get the chance to do that,” added Trott, who explained that he had managed to see plenty of Spurs during his six-week stint in India.
“The coverage of the Premier League in India is amazing,” he added. “If the game isn’t live, it will be shown after the games that are live. It was great to watch a few games, not as many as I’d like, but nice to have that break from the cricket.”